AEM 1500

AEM 1500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

This course provides an introduction to the economic foundations for public decision-making regarding environmental quality and natural resources. Emphasis is placed on how basic tools of economic analysis can be used to identify sources of environmental problems and solutions to these problems. Topics to be covered include "individual hand" concepts underlying market success, market failure with particular focus on public goods and externalities, benefit-cost analysis and non-market valuation, incentive-based policies for controlling pollution, and economic aspects of renewable and non-renewable resources.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment preference given to: ESS majors. Not open to: Dyson School students.
Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will not receive credit for both AEM 1500 and AEM 2500. Students who have already taken Introductory Microeconomics should enroll in AEM 2500.

Distribution Category (SBA-AG)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

  • Understand how economic incentives influence individual and group behavior and how this knowledge can be used to explain and address environmental challenges.
  • Develop the ability to identify the range of potential economic costs and benefits of a particular environmental policy and the array of economic tools that can be used to estimate these costs and benefits.
  • Improve critical thinking skills to assess the tradeoffs inherent to a broad range of contemporary environmental issues.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9502 AEM 1500   LEC 001

    • MWF Online Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Kling, C

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Enrollment limited to: CALS and Arts & Sciences students planning to complete the Environment & Sustainability major. Undeclared students who wish to enroll: Please complete the E&S course request form: Current E&S majors with AEM 1500 enrollment issues may also use the course request form: